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Lilly Singh first woman of colour to become late-night host on major US network

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Ainsley Smith Mar 15, 2019 6:33 am 5,741

Popular YouTube creator and Toronto-native Lilly Singh has become the first woman of colour to host a late-night talk show on a major US network.

Singh announced the news Thursday evening on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which was greeted with a massive standing ovation.

The new show will be called A Little Late with Lilly Singh, and it will air at 1:30 am ET, starting this September, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Singh will be replacing Last Call With Carson Daily. 

To clarify, it’s not Jimmy’s slot,” Singh joked, adding, “I’m so excited because I truly get to create a show from scratch.” Singh then compared her show to her YouTube channel, but said that now she’d have “more than three staff members and my sound guy won’t also be an extra and won’t also write the scripts.”

Singh said her half-hour program will be similar to her YouTube channel and will include in-studio interviews and pre-taped comedy sketches.

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Singh joins Fallon and Late Night host Seth Meyers on NBC’s late-night lineup. The three toasted to her role during her Tonight Show appearance Thursday.

The announcement comes four months after the comedian shared with her 14 million subscribers that she was taking a break from YouTube to focus on her mental health.

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